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Janet Porter

Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board


Janet is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.

She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.

Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.

Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s biggest events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The details were so accurate that trading in P&O Nedlloyd's shares on the Amsterdam stock exchange was suspended until an official statement was issued the following day, confirming the acquisition talks.

More recently, she was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when container shipping is in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI has provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these will affect the future shape of the industry.

Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, insurance and surface transportation to regulation and trade policy, while also managing a network of European correspondents and editing their articles.

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Hundreds of boxships held up by widespread port delays

Containerships of all sizes are suffering from severely disrupted sailing schedules as demand continues to overwhelm ports that are unable to process all of the inbound and outbound cargo quickly enough because of trucking shortages and other distribution pressures

Containers Ports and Logistics

Maersk acts to clear empty boxes at clogged European ports

Service delays or ship diversions are not unusual, but container lines have never experienced such a prolonged period of disruption, according to AP Moller-Maersk head of network Lars Mikael Jensen

Europe Netherlands

Is Maersk lining up a big-ticket logistics purchase?

Talk linking Maersk with US logistics group CH Robinson has resurfaced in industry circles, where speculation is rife about what container lines plan to do with their swollen bank balances after the bumper profits they are earning this year. The Danish group and CMA CGM are among those also said to be looking at Bollore Africa Logistics

Europe Denmark

Ports at full capacity across northern Europe

Most north European ports are suffering from congestion, according to K+N’s Seaexplorer, but the situation in the US has been exacerbated by the strong rebound in the Pacific trades, in contrast to the flat Asia-Europe volumes compared with pre-pandemic levels 

Europe Belgium

Empty containers expose supply chain fractures

Huge trade imbalances between Asia and the big consumer markets in North America and Europe mean that millions of empty containers have to be repositioned each year, a challenge at the best of times but an absolute nightmare when cargo volumes are so strong, ships are running late, and a shortage of truck drivers is adding to the disruption

Europe North America

Felixstowe struggles to clear empty box pile-up

Container shipping has found itself on the front line of a global economic upheaval as the world emerges from the pandemic, with the surge in consumer spending highlighting supply chain frailties such as labour shortages that have left both ports and carriers working flat out to ensure that distribution systems remain intact

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